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Largest Countries without Deserts

Can you name the largest countries by area that don't have regions with a desert climate?
  • Source: Wikipedia
  • Quiz by georgekotz - Feb 16, 2018
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Area (sq km)
Country
2,344,858
1,910,931
752,612
676,578
640,679
622,984
603,500
513,120
Area (sq km)
Country
462,840
450,295
406,752
377,930
357,114
343,448
342,000
338,424
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Country
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level 60
Feb 23, 2018
interesting!
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level 57
Feb 23, 2018
Agreed, I didn't get Paraguay until the last minute. There were some real surprises to me as far as larger countries that did NOT make this list.
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level 65
Jun 25, 2018
I can't believe that no part of the Paraguayan Chaco qualifies! I thought of it, but it's so dry that I thought there was no way it was worth putting in.
+1
level 21
Jun 26, 2018
your telling me Canada has desert?
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level 43
Jun 27, 2018
Okanagan Desert in BC.
+1
level 59
Feb 24, 2018
Actually, Japan has a very tiny desert: Tottori sand dunes.
+9
level 73
Feb 24, 2018
"Technically, it's not a desert (far too much rain)" http://japan.apike.ca/japan_tottori_sand_dunes.html
+4
level 56
Feb 26, 2018
where is it the brazilian desert?
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level 65
Feb 26, 2018
There are some very dry areas in northeastern Brazil, and apparently some areas are dry enough to have a desert climate!
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level 73
Jun 25, 2018
Brigadeiros?
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level 61
Jun 25, 2018
Definitely there are no deserts in Brazil, therefore the country should be on the list. The Brazilian northeast is semi-arid but not desert. Here is Wikipedia's definition of such climate: "A semi-arid climate or steppe climate is the climate of a region that receives precipitation below potential evapotranspiration, but not as low as a desert climate." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-arid_climate)
+2
level 65
Jun 25, 2018
I used this Wikipedia map as a source, and it shows small areas with a desert climate near the Sao Francisco river. I was surprised myself but, if you look at Google Maps, you can see it's really arid there indeed!
+2
level 63
Feb 27, 2018
Apparently there is such a thing as a semi-desert, which allows some surprises to make the list.
+2
level 65
Feb 28, 2018
It's true that not all of the countries missing have areas with the typical appearance of, let's say, the Sahara desert (huge sand dunes, no vegetation at all etc.). However, according to the most widely used climate classification system, they do have areas with a desert climate, essentially proper deserts. Indeed, you can see that this place in Canada, for example, is pretty much a desert, in spite of the scanty shrubs!
+2
level 69
Jun 25, 2018
Guhhhh. I guessed just about every South American country except the right one.
+1
level 57
Jun 25, 2018
Same here!
+1
level 70
Jun 25, 2018
and me!
+1
level 70
Jun 25, 2018
Never would have gotten Paraguay if I hadn't recently been there. Everything I saw was flat and grassy.
+1
level 45
Jun 25, 2018
DRC for Democratic Republic of the Congo is accepted, ROC for Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) isnt. Could ROC be made accepted as well?
+1
level 66
Jun 25, 2018
You can just enter 'Congo' - then you get 2 for 1!
+1
level 73
Jun 25, 2018
In Corsica, there a desert of Agriates in the north of the island.
+1
level 65
Jun 25, 2018
Despite the name, it's not really a desert, just the typical Mediterranean shrubland.
+1
level 41
Jun 25, 2018
Norway???
+1
level 65
Jun 25, 2018
The Wikipedia page listing all countries of the world by area gives a figure of 323,802 square km for Norway, but I just noticed they list Svalbard separately for some reason. This figure is used in other featured quizzes too though, so I'll leave it up to the Quizmaster.
+1
level 40
Jun 25, 2018
Wow. That's a really interesting quiz. Love it.
+1
level 76
Jun 25, 2018
I am just picturing the camel caravan crossing the sweltering Great Canadian Desert...
+2
level 56
Jun 25, 2018
Deserts are defined by dryness, not by heat. Antarctica is a desert. I would guess that parts of the far north of Canada qualify as desert as well.
+1
level 63
Jun 26, 2018
What about Turkey?
+1
level 65
Jul 2, 2018
There seems to be a desert area at the border with Iran, near Mt. Ararat.
+1
level 53
Jun 26, 2018
Philippines is 300000 sq km in area
+1
level 26
Jul 2, 2018
France is not bigger than Ukraine
+1
level 65
Jul 2, 2018
Metropolitan France isn't, but, considering all its territories, it is.
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